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Studying with child(ren)

You can make this decision individually. If you do not have additional care for your child(ren), full-time study is difficult to implement. Many students with child(ren) naturally want to finish their studies quickly. With a packed schedule, keep in mind that children sometimes get sick and night work should not be the norm for health reasons. On average, students with child(ren) take four semesters longer than their fellow students without children.

The freedom of students according to § 4 paragraph 2 sentence 3 of the North Rhine-Westphalia Higher Education Act (Hochschulgesetz NRW) basically leaves it up to the students to attend and participate in courses. However, exceptions can be made in the examination regulations for courses in which attendance is considered necessary to achieve the learning objective (e.g. seminars, laboratory practicals). It is best to talk to your responsible lecturer if you expect to exceed the time limit for absences (e.g. due to supervision bottlenecks). In case of absences due to your own illness or the illness of your child, you can submit a certificate explaining and excusing your absence.

It makes sense to inform lecturers about your own situation, especially when planning a term paper, a presentation or a thesis. You should ask for an extension of the deadline in good time.

Many teachers offer individual appointments for students with child(ren). If not, KuKi will also take care of children at short notice - but you should contact KuKi beforehand and get your child settled in! If you need to take your child with you to the consultation hour, you can let the lecturer know in advance.

If you are not involved with hazardous materials, you could also try to take your child with you to a seminar - just see if it is suitable and okay for you, your child and fellow students - you can also coordinate with the lecturers. For older children who can already occupy themselves quietly for 90 minutes, bringing them along (also for the lecturer) should not be a problem.

Learning and working time is available to you during the first years of the child's life, especially when the child is sleeping or otherwise being cared for. A lot of time must be scheduled for learning and writing homework or similar, and therefore additional care may need to be organized.


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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bo­chum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.


The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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